Mel Mattless urges March Town to stick together after hat-trick of dismal defeats
PUBLISHED: 09:20 17 February 2017
March Town boss Mel Mattless has urged his players to stick together as they bid to climb out of a worrying slump.
The Hares have crashed to three successive Thurlow Nunn League First Division defeats - conceding 13 goals in the process and failing to score.
They suffered back-to-back 5-0 defeats at promotion-chasing sides Stowmarket and Woodbridge before going down 3-0 to King’s Lynn Reserves last Saturday - a fourth loss of the season at the hands of their bogey side from Norfolk.
Mattless admitted: “We’re having a tough time of things at the moment.
“The confidence has drained from the boys. Two 5-0 defeats on the bounce left them a bit disillusioned.
“I had a few harsh words after the second of those results at Woodbridge.
“The reaction was better last Saturday against King’s Lynn Reserves, but the result wasn’t.
“We are conceding goals at one end and not taking chances at the other - and that’s never a recipe for success in football.”
March have slipped to 17th in the First Division standings and Mattless hopes a home clash against another team in the bottom half, Whitton United, tomorrow (3pm) can provide a turning point.
“We need to get out of this slump,” added the Hares chief.
“To do that we’ll have to show a bit more fight and resilience.
“The wheels have been coming off whenever we fall behind lately, but we need to stick together and keep battling in games.
“We’ve proved we can get results against some of the top teams in the division on a good day.
“But we’ve also seen that we can have some seriously bad days as well, and that’s only to be expected with such a young and inexperienced team.
“We’ve got to shut up shop again while also trying to be a bit more attacking. We’ve got to find the right blend.
“We don’t have a game the following Saturday and we certainly don’t want to suffer another defeat that we’d have to stew over for a fortnight.”